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Detailed Analysis On The IPOB Peaceful Protest In Aba, And How Nigerian Security Forces Gunned Down Over 20 Of The Protesters

 Detailed Analysis On The IPOB Peaceful Protest In Aba, And How Nigerian Security Forces Gunned Down Over 20 Of The Protesters It was around...

 Detailed Analysis On The IPOB Peaceful Protest In Aba, And How Nigerian Security Forces Gunned Down Over 20 Of The Protesters

It was around 8:am on 31st March, 2023, a Friday morning, just a day before the Jewish Shabbat Worship, when the Indigenous People Of Biafra(IPOB) members gathered at East Street, Azikiwe Road Aba, Abia State for a peaceful protest, demanding the immediate release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who has been held in solitary confinement since June last year. The protesters could note that the Appellate Court of Abuja had on the 13th of October, 2022 mandated the federal government to release the IPOB leader after series of court proceedings in three Nigeria different courts which the federal government blatantly disobeyed.

Family Writers Press International gathered that some of the protesters dressed on White FENDI attires and were lined up in the front to lead the peaceful protest while those on Biafra national attires and insignia, followed right behind them.

The protest was for only one motive which is the demand for the freedom of Nnamdi Kanu, while the colors seen and how the protesters lined up has its own different meanings:

To start with, the color "WHITE" represents peace, and lining up those in the white attires in front signifies that the protesters are for peace. The FENDI attires they wore signifies their solidarity to Nnamdi Kanu who was abducted and renditioned from Kenya in 2021, wearing a FENDI attire.

The Biafra colors seen signifies their identity which is Biafra.

These protesters were smoothly going on with chants of love songs to Nnamdi Kanu and for Biafra, on low and peaceful tones from each persons, to avoid disruption of public peace from the mammoth crowd that were protesting. Then, the Nigerian Joint Forces drove into the scene of the Protest with many Hilux Vans and opened fire into the protesting crowd.

The soldiers shot sporadically at random, and everyone of the protesters ran helter-skelter as they were armless and defenceless. According to report, it was immediately noticed that two of the protesters were down in the pool of their own blood, as the crowd were dispersed. 

About ten minutes later, it was again found that some other three protesters were lying dead too, making them a total of five peaceful IPOB protesters that were gruesomely murdered by the Nigerian combined team of untrained security forces, at that moment. The death of these five protesters were what the Nigerian unprofessional media outlet widely and falsely reported, which was not the actual figure.

After the security forces done and gone, the protesters came together again only to realize that not fewer than 20 IPOB Family members had been gunned down.

This incident got the protesters extremely annoyed and they unanimously kicked off the second phase of their protest. This time, their motive for the protest metamorphosed into two.

1. The freedom of Nnamdi Kanu and;

2. Why do Nigerian armed forces always shoot at Igbo IPOB protesters in Nigeria where partially, Igbos still belong, while in foreign countries, IPOB protest freely from  morning till night, even under the protection of their police force. The situation was more  terrible and tensed.

Eventually, not less than 20 IPOB members died while over hundred others narrowly escaped with various degrees of gunshot wounds. Now, it is important to note that not all those who narrowly escaped with gunshot wounds are going to survive.

Report says the protesters confessed how tired they were with the situation, questioned how demanding for justice in a peaceful approach has become a crime to warrant such massacre. 

So, the second phase of the protest lasted for hours and eventually ended towards Ariaria International market in the evening, with the protesters going home highly devastated.

The question the protesters were heard asking is, "how long do Biafrans continue like this with Nigeria?" "We must not continue this way".

Therefore, we urge the international community to urgently compel Nigeria government to release Nnamdi Kanu as ordered by the court since 2022, and as well well conduct a referendum for the freedom of Biafra. People cannot live in country where we are slaughtered like Christmas fowls on daily basis.

Ifeanyi Chibueze James, reporting

For Family Writers Press International

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